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KeKe's Story (科科成长日记) is a 2008 Chinese animated series with 104 episodes. Nickelodeon Asia aired it outside of China.

KeKe is a cute, small, and joyful second-grader who does both good and bad things. He likes to draw and he likes to play with his friends and get into mischief. He has a happy family with a mom who loves him, but nags him, and a smart dad who's into philosophy, scientific inventions, and aircraft. He also lives with his housekeeper, his naughty dog Pipi, and his intelligent, cute, and small pet alien MoMo who suddenly began staying with the family one day. KeKe's curious about his future living free as an adult, but until then, he'll always be bogged down by all of his schoolwork.

The show teaches safety, health, energy, the environment, and behaviors and social ideas needed for life. The show also tackles deeper subjects like war and violence, among others.

KeKe's Story provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: The show is known for discussing many different subjects, some of which are surprising for a children's show. The show has lessons about war, weapons, and drug abuse, among others.
  • Animated Outtakes: The credits include a bunch of fake outtakes from the show, complete with a director saying "cut" after each one.
  • Animesque: It has a cutesy art style with the standard big eyes and facial expressions of anime.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The opening includes English lyrics that aren't translated very well. It includes lines like "Want to is the business of tomorrow hard tomorrow" and "still an elephant a mother to be similar and loquacious".
  • Con Artist: One episode revolves around con artists and how to handle them.
  • Edutainment Show: The show teaches children about various problems that are important to them in real life.
  • Gratuitous English: Episode 17 has the English title "POWER UP MEME".
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: Averted in the Chinese version, but played straight in the English dub which removes the vocals entirely.
  • Spell My Name With An S: The English spelling seems to differ between KeKe or Keke.
  • Two Shorts: Each episode is 11 minutes long, and airings combine two episodes for a 30 minute time slot.